Massive fight ensues during graduation party in Apple Valley
A time of great celebration and happiness turned into anger and fisticuffs at about 9:45 p.m. Friday night at the Hayes Community and Senior Center in Apple Valley during a graduation party.
An estimated 50 to 100 young people were outside the city-owned building when a massive fight broke out, involving many of those in the crowd, according to a press release from the Apple Valley Police Department, which reported that no weapons were used by those fighting.
It was reported that up to 100 people were fighting and they were resisting the officers’ attempts to disperse the people. Officers used a taser gun to subdue one 15-year-old male who refused to comply with officers commands and was arrested for disorderly conduct, and reportedly six others were arrested on the same charge. One adult male had a warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.
Police said the individuals involved in the fight had been in attendance at a private graduation party that was being hosted at the facility.
Given the size of the disturbance, the initial responding officers requested assistance from surrounding communities to assist in restoring order.
The fighting didn’t end at the Community Center.
Many of the individuals involved in the fight left the scene and walked to an adjacent neighborhood where they continued the fight, according to police. These individuals were apprehended and charged with disorderly conduct.
And at approximately 10:14 p.m., officers responded to a report of a fight at the McDonald’s restaurant, 7667 150th St., which was believed to be related to the earlier incident. These individuals fled the scene prior to the arrival of the police.